The Student Newspaper of MSU Denver
VOL. 42 NO. 16
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Roadrunners heating up
Men’s basketball rides four-game win streak into conference play story on pg. 10
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MSU Denver Senior Druce Asah dunks on Colorado College defender Nabeel Elabdeia in their game against at the Auraria Events Center on Dec. 3. The Roadrunners won 79-47.
World AIDS Day offers light for survivors CPR host and MSU Denver professor Vic Vela’s story personifies hope Dec. 1 marked World AIDS Day, a
By Brady Pieper email@example.com
What would you do if you woke up with flu-like symptoms? It may seem like a bad
spread through bodily fluids, like blood
“I was very sick. I was very, very sick,”
day intended to create international
and semen. Sex and dirty needles are
Vela said. “It could have been from a partner
awareness for HIV and AIDS and
major causes of HIV’s mass spread.
from a couple of years prior, it could have
commemorate the lives of people who have died from the disease.
cold or the flu, but this is different. With
HIV is a virus that attacks the
Over time, if HIV isn’t treated, the disease
been from IV drug use, you know, who
can develop into the potentially fatal AIDS.
knows. But the point is, is that I was in
People with HIV are always at risk for further
pretty bad shape when I was diagnosed.”
a world full of disease and uncertainty,
body’s immune system, weakening it.
illness, something that Colorado Public
should you consider getting tested? What
The disease’s prevalence is due to its
Radio host and HIV survivor Vic Vela has
to hard drugs, some requiring the use of
Vela’s history was one with an addiction
would you do if you woke up with HIV?
ease of infection. An STD, HIV can be
experienced since his diagnosis in 2006.
needles, and his experience as a gay man.
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State of Small Business conference
Met Media says goodbye to two
Pentatonix tackles Christmas
Looking back on a decade of Denver
looks at economic trends
classics with new album
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Denver means (small) business
The State of Small Business conference looks at economic trends and brings speakers to share their stories By Herman Guzman-Ibarra
experts in small business gives
an opportunity for a detailed overview,” Lopez said. “It was
For nearly hald of Coloradans,
a good analysis of business
there’s no paycheck if not
trends. Small businesses are
for a small business.
a really important economic
Colorado small businesses employed 1.1 million people — or
factor in Colorado after all.” The conference opened up
48.6% of the private workforce
with Kelly Brough, President
— in 2015, according to the
and CEO of the Chamber, who
Statistics of US Businesses. In
welcomed the attendees.
January 2018, Colorado’s rate of
She went into specifics about
unemployment was at 3%, lower
some of the other statistics in
than the national average of 4.1%.
the state and how they may be projected to change in the future.
“Having a variety of experts in small business gives an opportunity for a detailed overview.” – Tatiana Lopez
“There are over 600,000 small businesses in the state. And almost half of all Colorado employees are small business employees,” Brough said. Shortly after, Patty Silverstein, president and chief economist of
To look at the condition of
Development Research Partners
small business in Colorado now
took to the stand and gave a detailed
and for the future, the Denver
account of the projected rate of
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Metro Chamber of Commerce
growth in the Colorado market,
and the Denver Metro Small
not just in Denver but also in areas
A crowd of attendees waiting for the State of Small Business conference to begin at the IMAX Theatre in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Dec. 2.
Business Development Center
like Boulder, Greeley and Pueblo.
held the State of Small Business
She spoke about the concerns
Gary Colbert, Interim Dean of
firms. Hottman mentioned
of small business beyond the economic and financial reasons.
conference in the IMAX Theater at
small business owners shared and
the CU Denver Business school.
a few of his key ideologies
the Denver Museum of Nature and
what the future may look like.
He presented the Bill Daniels
after accepting the award.
Science. They gave an economic
“Fifty four percent of businesses
Ethical Leader of the Year
“One of the keys to success is
“I believe that the role (of small businesses) is more important
forecast, had leaders in the small
surveyed said that finding new
surrounding yourself with people.
today. As Americans are becoming
business community give their
workers is the biggest challenge
People who believe in you and
more isolated, small business’ role
stories and had the University
for them, because of how low
support you,” Hottman said.
as a community builder is critical.”
of Colorado Denver Business
our unemployment rate is.
School recognize Bob Hottman
That’s not expected to change
as the recipient of the Bill Daniels
any time soon,” Silverstein said.
Ethical Leader of the Year Award.
“There’s all kinds of questions
Tatiana Lopez, a program
about that and rising wages,
“I think there is no better place in the country to start a small business than in Colorado.” – Linda Appel Lipsius
“Running a small business, if you
The conference concluded with
put the needs of your community
closing remarks from Abram Sloss,
before you — and I also mean your
executive director of Denver Metro
employees as well — it’ll really
SBDC, and the crowd dispersed into
help you see the bigger picture.”
the east atrium of the museum for a
After accepting the award,
cocktail reception where attendees
coordinator from the Denver Metro
along with technology changing
SBDC, spoke about the event and
everything. Even then though,
Award to Hottman, a partner
the keynote speaker of the night,
highlighted how thorough it was.
consumers are still spending at a
of Plante Moran, one of the
CEO and Co-Founder of Teatulia
“I thought it was very enlightening. Having a variety of
were able to mingle and network. Two attendees, Christian Filius
healthy pace in most markets.”
nation’s largest certified public
Organic Teas Linda Appel Lipsius
and Casey Barlow, employees of
Silverstein was followed by
accounting, tax and consulting
spoke about living in a family of
Xero, an online accounting software
entrepreneurs — as her parents
that focuses on small businesses,
walked in halfway through her
shared their insight afterward.
talk — and what it meant to start a small business during a time of personal change.
to know what’s going on at that
“I started working on Teatulia
level,” Filius said. “I liked the
13 years ago, when I was pregnant
data. Very insightful to see the
with my first kid. I knew I was going
trends going on in Colorado.”
to be unemployed soon anyway,
Barlow said his favorite speaker
so I decided to help out with this
was Lipsius, since she shared the
at-the-time new business idea,”
story of where she came from
Lipsius said. “I think there is no
and how Teatulia had grown to
better place in the country to start a
be impactful worldwide. A similar
small business than in Colorado.”
sentiment was shared by Lopez,
Lipsius also founded the mama’hood in downtown Denver after her second child was born,
who mentioned the value of having someone like Lipsius speak. “It’s always very important to
when she sought the same kind
have that come-up story that’s
of post-natal care here that she
relatable. It’s a timeline you can
had in her previous home in
actually see of how an idea can
Los Angeles. Having not found
come alive with the right people,”
it, she decided to build it. She
Lopez said. “She honestly was a
continues to work closely with her
really good motivational speaker.”
teams and stresses the necessity
A sign featuring the sponsors and partners of the event placed in front of the cocktail reception held in the east atrium of the Denver Musuem of Nature and Science for the Dec. 2nd State of Small Business conference.
“Our main customers are small business owners, so it’s important
DECEMBER 4, 2019
A look back at some of the biggest stories of the decade Snowden leaks Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill
CIA employee Edward Snowden shared highly classified information regarding domestic
Donald Trump became the 45th President of the
US surveillance with several journalists
United States, garnering 304 electoral votes to
Paris. French president Emmanuel
Hillary Clinton’s 227, after a divisive election
Macron promised that Notre Dame
who then broke the news to the world.
Notre Dame fire A fire broke out
2016 Presidential election
Bin Laden found and killed
beneath the roof of Notre-Dame in
would be rebuilt in five years.
After nearly a decade of searching, Osama bin
The death of Michael
Laden was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, shortly
Brown in Ferguson,
after 1:00 am PKT by United States Navy SEALs.
Missouri, during an
Three government shutdowns occurred in 2018. The
encounter with police,
longest one started on Dec. 22 and lasted 35 days,
sparked protests over
over funding for the proposed border wall. It was
also the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
in American policing.
Paris Attacks 2011
Cannabis legalized Colorado Amendment 64 was a ballot
Aurora shooter gets 12 life sentences
measure on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot that won 55.32% of the vote. This approved it not only for commercial use, but personal as well.
Three years after the Aurora shooting, the shooter was sentenced to one life term for each person he killed, along with an additional 3,318 years for the
attempted murders. He is ineligible for parole.
On July 20, 2012, a man killed 12 people and injured 70
Jared Polis elected Governor Polis was elected Governor on Nov. 6, 2018, beating out Walker Stapleton. Polis’ victory marked the fourth election where Colorado elected a Democratic governor.
more inside a Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora during
He is also the first openly gay person to
a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises”. It was
be elected governor in the United States.
the deadliest shooting since Columbine in the state.
Colorado Floods of 2013 From Sept. 11-15, 2013, over 18 inches of rain fell
The Thornton Torosaurus
along the Front Range. The sheer amount of rain
Initially thought to be a triceratops, a rare
caused major flooding that had not been seen in
torosaurus was found in Thornton. Nicknamed
centuries. No lives were lost, but there was significant
“Tiny,” it is the most complete and best
damage to communities like Jamestown and Lyons.
preserved fossil of its kind ever discovered.
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Colorado’s minimum wage laws are changing What does it mean for its workers? Some arguments against raising the
By Hannah Metzger From the CU Independent
minimum wage claim that small businesses
would suffer or be forced to lay off employees to meet the wage requirements. Others
“Imagine the society we could build if
claim that increasing the minimum wage
people weren’t always stressed about making
on local levels would push customers and
ends meet,” said Carlos Álvarez-Aranyos,
employees to nearby cheaper markets.
managing partner of Boulder Transport.
In addition to potential business
That’s the kind of society some
consequences, some opponents of
residents hope to achieve by increasing
increasing the minimum wage argue
Boulder’s minimum wage.
that it is an issue of individual rights.
House Bill 1210, signed into law by Gov.
“It is immoral for government to prohibit
Jared Polis in May, allows Colorado cities
consensual relationships,” said Jon Caldara,
and counties to set their own minimum
referring to business relationships between Photo by Kai Casey | email@example.com
wages starting in 2020. The minimum wage in Colorado currently sits at $11.10 per hour,
An Alfred Packer Grill employee.
workers and bosses. Caldara, the president of Denver’s libertarian-conservative think
but with the cost of living in Boulder nearly
tank, the Independence Institute, compared
double the national average, many residents
and more than three times the $231,000
supporting a business that is employing
believe that Boulder’s needs to increase.
median home value of the U.S.
people who live and work in Boulder,” he said.
“By paying low wages, the American
The City of Boulder increased the
economy doesn’t just generate economic
minimum wage of city workers to $15.67
hardship, it also restricts people’s ability
an hour in 2017. However, wages affect
to contribute in areas beyond work,”
all workers, not just the city’s.
Álvarez-Aranyos said. “Boulder should set
Mariano Oreanuno, who manages the
However, Oreanuno also addressed possible complications of raising wages. “(Boulder) is very heavily taxed already and
wage restrictions to marriage restrictions. “The City of Boulder has a proud history of fighting the hateful ban on gay marriage,” Caldara said. “It would be sad indeed if Boulder forgot that history and
there are quite a few other demands … cost of
took the role of hater-banning a consensual
living, for everyone, including the (business)
an example for the rest of the nation by
family-owned Italian restaurant Il Pastaio,
ownership,” Oreanuno said. “Maybe people
empowering every one of its residents to
said that low wages are a major issue for
from Broomfield and Westminster will start
live full, balanced lives that allow them to
many restaurant workers in Boulder.
commuting to Boulder to work at a restaurant.
Contact CU Independent Managing
… And what does that mean? How is the city
Editor Hannah Metzger at
helping as far as commutes and mass transit?”
maximize their contributions to our society.” According to the Economic Policy
“A lot of the kitchen help is usually lowincome … and a lot of the time those people
Institute’s family budget calculator, a single
are immigrants,” said Oreanuno, the son
adult with no children needs an annual
of the business’s owner. “A lot of them just
salary of $45,517 to survive in Boulder.
can’t even afford to live in the town anymore
That number increases to $74,594 with the
so they have to commute from far away
unanimously voted to increase Denver’s
content to promote student work around the
addition of a child. In comparison, a full-
to come work at restaurants like this.”
citywide minimum wage to $15.87 per hour
state. For more information, write to Editor-in-
by 2022. Denver is now the first Colorado
Chief James Burky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
time minimum wage worker in Colorado earns a salary of $23,088 before taxes. One realtor site puts the median home
Oreanuno expressed support toward
Other cities have taken steps toward raising minimum wages. On Nov. 25, the Denver City Council
raising Boulder’s minimum wage, saying
city to raise the local minimum wage.
that it would help more than it would hurt
The estimated annual cost of living in
value in Boulder at $752,500. That’s nearly
small businesses like his family’s. “I like
Denver is $41,200 for a single adult with no
double Colorado’s median home value
the idea that customers know that they’re
children, over $4,000 less than Boulder.
The Metropolitan and several Colorado student media organizations are sharing editorial
Briefs Westminster’s Standley Lake bans boating until further notice In an effort to combat against
16th and Lawrence roll out “Giving Machines” for quick donations A “gift” from the Church of
Former priest from Fort Collins up for parole after sexual abuse case Timothy Evans, 57, pleaded
Denver cleans up roads after Thanksgiving snowstorm A week after a significant
Victim in Aurora stabbing says suspect should have been deported Julio Cesar Banda-Estrada
invasive species of mussels, the
Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints,
guilty of abuse to the parole
snowfall terrorized the streets
opened his door on Nov. 17 and
city of Westminster has decided
Giving Machines will be appearing
board on Dec. 2, according to
of Denver, the city has finally
was subsequently stabbed in his
to temporarily close off Standley
in Downtown Denver and will give
The Coloradoan. He claims to
addressed the issue. Denver
right arm. The suspects, 39-year-
Lake from boaters. The mussels
patrons the ability to quickly make
have found a way to keep himself
Public Works announced in a news
old Gonzalo Gonzalez-Gomez
could threaten the source of
donations ranging from a few
under control, thanks to the
release they would be increasing
and 37-year-old Osmani Garces-
water for not only Westminster
dollars to a few hundred. Modeled
treatment he’s received in prison.
efforts to “accelerate recovery
Ortiz were arrested by the Aurora
residents, but Thornton and
like vending machines, some of
of side streets.” According to
Police Department on charges
Northglenn as well. According
the items available to “purchase”
after his 2007 case, when he was
The Denver Channel, the city put
of attempted murder. Garces-
to Colorado Parks and Wildlife,
include a blanket for the homeless,
sentenced to 14 years following
more focus on clearing snow from
Ortiz already had a detainer
“Mussels clog infrastructure,
a day’s meals for the hungry, a
the sexual assault of a boy who
main streets, designating 68 large
from Immigration and Customs
including reservoir dams, outlet
bar of soap, 10 days of groceries,
worked at St. Elizabeth Ann
plows for the main thoroughfares
Enforcement for possession of
structures and distribution
three chickens, and more,
Seton Church in Fort Collins,
and 36 small plows for residential
illegal drugs, trespassing and
systems that carry water for
according to The Denver Channel.
where Evans was the pastor.
streets. However, the residential
violating a protection order.
plows only did a single pass and
However, Colorado’s sanctuary
didn’t get down to bare pavement.
law meant Arapahoe County
irrigation, municipal and industrial
The machines allow donations
This is his third parole hearing
Because of the high profile
uses. Mussels have caused
to four nonprofits and two
of his case, Evans would be
billions of dollars in damage,
international charities: Black
closely watched, but that also
deputies could not legally honor
especially in the upper Midwest
Child Development Institute of
means the entire board would
the detainer and Garces-Ortiz
and Lower Colorado River.”
Denver, Catholic Charities of
have to agree to his release. Any
was released on bond on Oct.
Denver, Mile High Ministries,
decision regarding his parole
28, according to FOX31. Banda-
remediation could cost up to $10
Rose Andom Center, Water
would likely take several weeks.
Estrada said ICE should have been
million initially, and a subsequent
for People and CWS Global.
If the infestation gets too bad,
$3 million to operate annually.
allowed to deport Garces-Ortiz for committing criminal acts.
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Met Media says goodbye to Assistant Director and Office Manager A
community is like a cozy
said. “I picked one out for her that
MSU Denver, will be a student
sweater in the winter.
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had a cute green ‘U of O’ sweater
success advisor with 2U, a
When each stitch is sewn with
and brought it back. It graced the
company that partners with
care, you have a warm sense of
office for a while, and then was
universities and colleges to
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security. When a thread comes
packed into a box and moved
create online degree programs.
undone and stitches are lost, the
to a relative’s house. I miss that
cold air has an opening to invade
duck, and I’ll miss Liz, too.”
Liz will be packing up and moving to Florida to work
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for Disney World, a job that
between our creative department
must have been created with
starts on Jan. 21, Met Media
and Director Steve Haigh. His
her as the ideal candidate.
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will be without two of its most
sole mission was to help us learn
and erase that feeling of safety.
Ronan was in an office nestled
When the spring semester
vital stitches. Assistant Director
Ronan O’Shea and Office
When one door closes, another
and be successful here and in
opens. Meher Noorulamin,
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our careers. His experience and
another Met Media staple, will
Design Editor Zhen Tang email@example.com
Manager Elizabeth Norberg,
doors. She would help us with
sincere care for my well-being
be replacing Liz and I couldn’t
or simply Liz, have left their
stories by putting us in contact
helped me through applying for
be more excited for her. And
posts for other positions.
with sources, provide feedback
jobs and internships. It helped
we’ll all welcome Ronan’s
I couldn’t be happier
on what worked and didn’t work
me through the 70-hour weeks of
replacement with open arms.
for Ronan and Liz but their
in the past and even threw us a
going between The Metropolitan
presence will be missed.
bone with press passes to films.
and The Denver Post.
Liz welcomed myself and
Liz’s presence resonated with
Wanted to talk about music?
There will be other assistant directors and office managers, but there will never
countless other students to
the entire office, including our
Ronan would tell you about each
be another Ronan O’Shea nor
their future with her disarming
Managing Editor Megan Webber.
of the Dave Matthews Band
another Elizabeth Norberg.
smile and an army of rubber
“While visiting the University
concerts he’s been to. Baseball
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ducks. Sure, her job had a lot of
of Oregon’s graduate journalism
season was just around the
paperwork, but she did more for
program in Eugene, Oregon, I
corner? He’d go in-depth as to
James Burky is a fifth-year convergent
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us. She provided a food pantry
stopped in the gift shop to pick
why the Chicago Cubs would win
journalism major with a minor in sports
Assistant Director of Met Media
so that students didn’t have to
up some souvenirs. Their mascot
the NL Central division. (As a
media. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The
dig into their pockets for food
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St. Louis Cardinals fan, though,
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during late production nights.
rubber ducks decorating the shop.
I can’t say that I believed him.)
for the Daily Camera in Boulder and
She welcomed us with a
I thought of Liz and her desk,
Ronan, who will stay as an
motherly, “Hello!” and a smile
covered with more rubber ducks
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Management department at
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Christmas capitalism and corporate consumerism The cold truth about the cold season
hristmas was invented by
has released their “original”
together, it’s the typical prompt
Hallmark capitalists as a scheme
movies on the holidays. Oh wow,
of how you’re doing in school, are
to make more money, not some
a new comedy about a white
you in a relationship and possibly
religion a couple thousand years
person singing and eventually
an off-hand comment about a
ago. Remember when Christmas
saving Christmas, how unique.
different race, rinse and repeat.
started in December? I sure don’t.
Every movie or TV special which
The worst part of the holidays is
The commercials start well before
showcases one of the two other
that they happen so early in winter.
Thanksgiving, effectively killing
“main” holidays of the season
When they’re finally over, spirits and
the grateful spirit. That says a lot
is always overshadowed by the
bank accounts are totally drained, so
about how we view the holidays.
big one. There aren’t any magical
much so that everyone wants to stay
movies about saving Kwanzaa, but
up all night, get drunk and try not
there are a bajillion movies about
to remember the past four weeks.
Families bail out earlier and
earlier on the last Friday of November to get deals on the
little ornate pine trees prominently
saving Christmas and at least five
newest devices and start their
displayed in their lobbies. Smaller
about becoming Santa Claus and
Grinch parading their lack of
holiday shopping early. But at that
businesses are sucked into
the perils that follow. Why isn’t
holiday pride, but as a word of
point, it’s less about thinking about
the tinsel trend as well. But as
there a movie where a Hasidic
warning. It is deceptively easy to
the people you want to give those
not to exclude other religions,
Jew saves Hanukkah, but there
get sucked into the commercial
gifts to and more about just buying
employees are forced to bid adieu
is a holiday movie where Adam
spirit instead of the holly jolly one.
those things for the shopping high.
by saying, “Happy holidays.”
Sandler turns out to be a nice guy?
It runs even deeper in the
Songs of the season sing lies
Don’t take this article as some
My Christmas wish every year
everyday. Corporations attempt
about how lovely the weather is
is that people would just shut up
Haylie Bean is a third-year student
to seem more warm and human
and each radio station has the
about how Christmas is the most
at MSU Denver. She has worked
by decorating their usually-
same broken record of Christmas
wonderful time of the year. It’s
for Met Media for three years
stark buildings with cheap vinyl
songs. By the time December rolls
cold and crummy. If your family
and goes by Beanie. Email her
decorations of snowflakes and
around, every streaming service
is the type to spend the holidays
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DECEMBER 4, 2019
Health professionals raise awareness for HIV and AIDS to Crystal Methamphetamine
Continued from cover
Addiction and Recovery Services Manager Mike Rizzo
Gay men have been stereotyped as harborers of HIV,
from the Los Angeles LGBT
which has been referred to as
Center, people that are infected
“gay disease” and, in an early
with HIV feel shame, guilt and
journalistic reference, the New
remorse, especially with all the
York Times dubbed it the “Gay-
advancements in HIV prevention. After years of people with
related immune deficiency”.
HIV and AIDS holding a shameful
With the passage of time came more knowledge about what the
stigma, professionals hope to
disease is and who is affected.
provide alternative options for people to not only survive with
“This virus, it does not care
the disease but to thrive.
who you are, what your status
“We’re very lucky to live
is in life or whether you’re rich or poor,” Vela said. “If you
in Colorado,” said Denver
don’t take care of yourself, it’s
Public Health STI Coordinator
going to bring you down. But, it
Alondra Landa. “We have
doesn’t have to be like that.”
the ability to get funding for underinsured and uninsured
More than 10,000 people live
people to get treatment.”
with HIV in the Denver metro
Since the first breakout of
area with 318 new cases reported in 2017, according to AIDSVu.
HIV and AIDS in 1981, different
With the highest rate of HIV in
preventative measures have been
Colorado was in zip code 80218
tried. One of the most utilized
— an area of Denver that starts
methods has been pre-exposure prophylaxis, which Landa
in West City Park and stretches south past Capitol Hill — at 4,059 cases per 100,000 people. Vela hopes to continue being open about his experiences with addiction and HIV so
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On Dec. 2., an attendee at the 2019 World AIDS Day informational event on Auraria Campus holds an event passport as he grabs a fidget cube from the Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program table. when we talk about things that are afflicting others in this world.”
that people stay aware.
Red ribbons and broaches
“As long as I’m still alive, I’m going to remind people that HIV can still kill you dead,” Vela said. “That’s the thing
recommends for people at risk of HIV infection as the medicine can prevent HIV from taking hold.
of Denver’s biggest HIV/AIDS
Munoz, Children’s Hospital HIV
Besides PrEP, there have been
facilities, including Denver
Prevention Services Manager
other ways to avoid the infection.
Public Health, Children’s Hospital
at his World AIDS Day table. He noted the way that people
“I always tell my patients to be safe,” Landa said. “Just
were donned across campus
Immunodeficiency Program (CHIP),
on Dec. 2. The LGBTQ Student
Auraria Campus’ Health Center,
with HIV have talked about and
be open and honest with your
the LGBTQ Student Resource
coped with their diagnosis is
partners about your status.”
Center and the Pheonix Center.
unhealthy. Some people refuse
Resource Center sponsored the Auraria World AIDS Day
that we need to remind people
event in the Tivoli Multicultural
whenever we lose sight of it,
Lounge. The event hosted some
groups devoted to supporting
chance to ask questions, get
others take to unhealthy habits
the student experience, and
pamphlets and meet Denver
due to the inability to manage
most were present at the World
health professionals who could
their disease, Munoz said.
AIDS Day event. The Phoenix
Attendees were given the
provide insight on HIV and AIDS.
Part of CHIP’s mission includes
Center’s goal is to create campus
People that left the event were
trying to break down these
response services, educate and
able to get tested, found new
barriers. CHIP has advocated
facilitate dialogues surrounding
knowledge of HIV and AIDS in
for HIV patients’ rights, sought
interpersonal violence in the
Denver, and had the chance
out HIV research and looks to
Auraria community. The Health
to win plush white blood and
further their support of the
Center offers physical and mental
HIV cells, courtesy of CHIP.
HIV and AIDS community.
health services to students
CHIP is a department within the
“Young adults and minors can
on campus, and the LGBTQ
Children’s Hospital of Colorado,
get HIV and STI screening and
Student Resource Center makes
boasting a mission to provide care
treatment without the consent
a comfortable environment
that meets the medical, social,
of their parents now,” Munoz
for students to embrace
said. “So, we think that really
their identity in an accepting
and nutritional needs to children,
opens up the opportunity to
community of their own.
youth, young adults, and pregnant
engage in this kind of care and
women living with HIV.
really change our perspective. It
World AIDS Day is to remember
becomes much more of a ‘know
who we have lost to HIV and
your rights’ conversation.”
complications related to HIV and
“We can make sure you feel supported but also get all the
Health Center at Auraria mental health intern and MSU Denver senior Chase Whitmore speaks to a visitor at the 2019 World AIDS Day informational event on Auraria Campus on Dec. 2.
Auraria Campus has several
to admit their diagnosis while
medications so survivors can
“I think for some folks,
AIDS,” Munoz said. “I think a lot
The HIV and AIDS
live just as long and healthy
community has been affected
as anyone else,” said Moises
by discrimination. According
of it, more so now, is education.”
Denver metro area’s HIV cases by the numbers HIV Population by Race
Percent of people living with HIV, by sex, 2017
Hispanic / Latinx (22.8%)
Black (5.4%) Asian (3.7%) Multiple Race (2.1%) American Indian / Alaska Native (0.5%) Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander (0.1%) Other (0.1%) *All statistics acquired from AIDSVu.com
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Is it really the best of Pentatonix Christmas? By Megan Webber
songs with my choir. I sang “Do
and perfectly executed. Sallee
You Hear What I Hear?” with
has earned his place in the band
my church choir back home one
for sure with his enchanting vocal
year, and the beautiful sound
range and cheerful disposition.
Nobody loves Christmas more than I do. Oh, wait,
of that arrangement has stayed
Also worthy of mention is
apparently Pentatonix does.
with me every Christmas since.
the only track on this album that
On Oct. 25, the Grammy Award-
I wanted to know if Pentatonix
earned a music video, a cover
winning a cappella group released
could make it sound even better,
of The Beach Boys’ “God Only
their seventh holiday album, “The
doubting that they could.
Knows”. Wistful and retro, the
Best of Pentatonix Christmas”.
Lo and behold, their version is
track is highlighted by Mitch
The album features 15 previously-
better than mine, but the fact that
Grassi and Kirstin Maldonado’s
released Pentatonix Christmas
Houston sings it probably has a
soaring countertenor and soprano
carols, which have been deemed
lot to do with that. There are few
vocals. Hoying always seems
“the best” of their older albums by
choirs out there who can hold a
eager to prove that he, too, can
fans, and four new tracks including
torch to the “I Will Always Love
hit the high notes. But the real
the voices of stars like Whitney
You” singer, and mine is not one of
magic here belongs to Grassi and
Houston and Jazmine Sullivan.
them. Houston puts a gospel spin
Maldonado, the lone female of the
on the traditional carol that any
group. She was underappreciated
Christmas” is something worth
standard church choir never could.
in the band’s early years, usually
listening to, even if you don’t
The a cappella quintet behind
standing in the background and
want a recap of their 15 greatest
her manages to keep their voices
keeping the melody, but she has
holiday hits. The four new tracks
low enough to let her shine while
since become a full-fledged starlet
boast the band’s harmonic and
keeping the melody grounded.
with a voice as smooth as honey.
“The Best of Pentatonix
individual talents while screaming,
My other favorite track on this
After so many successful Photo obtained from RCA Records
“We’re still here! Don’t forget
album is “You’re a Mean One,
holiday tunes, including “Dance of
to listen to us this season!”
Mr. Grinch”. Bass vocalist Matt
the Sugarplum Fairy” which won
Sallee gets his time to shine on
the band a Grammy in 2016, the
first Christmas album “PTXmas”
this track. Since taking over for
question is why they’ve stopped
in 2014, I have been tweeting at
Avi Kaplan in 2017, he’s sung
recording favorites and originals
the band asking for a rendition
portions of a few Pentatonix
and decided to release a “best of”
Pentatonix has proven themselves
of “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
tracks, but this is his first entire
album. Maybe it’s because they
the lords of a cappella holiday
Yes, I did it, and I’m not ashamed.
solo song. Baritone and frontman
feel they’ve already sung all the
albums, and they have managed
The truth is this particular song
Scott Hoying takes over the bass
Christmas carols out there, which
to keep that title with this latest
is personally important to me.
while Sallee charms us with his
isn’t actually true. I can think of
project. May your days be
Being the choir nut that I am, I
deep-toned critique of the evil
several Christmas carols the group
merry and bright as you listen
especially love performing holiday
grinch. The song is fun, comedic
hasn’t recorded. Or maybe fans
to this record and think back
Ever since hearing Pentatonix’s
“The Best of Pentatonix Christmas” is a compilation album of the group’s best holiday songs from their previous Christmas albums. were getting tired of their cheer. Whatever the reason,
on all the times Pentatonix has kept your Christmas cheerful, or at least musical.
Retrospective: Kendrick Lamar completes metamorphosis By James Burky
deny/I’ll Wesley Snipe your
The characters in “Butterfly”
as God and sentences Lamar
before he died. Keaton was shot
ass before thirty-five,” Lamar
are more abstract. Uncle Sam
to eternal damnation. Lamar’s
in Compton and Lamar, on tour
raps in the second verse as
is the white establishment
intent is to show that successful
abroad, spoke with him on Skype
the character, Uncle Sam.
profiting off black icons before
people have an obligation to
before he died in surgery.
kicking them to the curb.
give back to their community. If
At their best, albums are stories and the artist a raconteur who
Throughout his previous LP,
takes our hand and guides us
Lamar used characters to let
through an intimate experience.
audiences have a taste of what
That’s what Kendrick Lamar’s 2015
living in Compton was like. We
LP, “To Pimp a Butterfly” perfects. Lamar made noise with his
On the emphatic 11th track,
Lamar told Rolling Stone
not, they perpetuate the cycle
this was the most difficult song
“How Much a Dollar Cost?”, Lamar
of suffering that they worked so
he wrote. The bleak lyricism is
meets a homeless man asking
hard to escape from. Throughout
complemented by bare beats
heard them rob a house, evade
for a dollar, but refuses. The
the record, Lamar points the
in the first verse, a glitchy
police, and die in a shootout.
homeless man reveals himself
finger at himself, questioning if
interlude, and a dreary jazz
he has abandoned his roots.
instrumental in the second verse.
2011 debut LP, the unfocused “Section.80”, but had his
On “Institutionalized”, the
The album ends with Lamar
breakthrough with “Good Kid,
fourth track, the worlds of stardom
reciting a poem, one that he spoke
M.A.A.D City” — about a young
and Compton collide. The second
in pieces throughout the record,
Lamar growing up in Compton,
verse is told from the perspective
and having a conversation with
the album balanced commercial
of Lamar’s old friend, whom he
the dead rapper Tupac Shakur.
and critical appeal — the following
takes to an awards show. The
year. “Butterfly” continues a trend
friend has a near-breakdown and
footage from an old interview
of refined production as it guides
erupts at Lamar for abandoning
which was spliced to make a
us through Lamar, a black man,
his roots for an elite that helps
seamless conversation. The
grappling with fame and feeling
perpetuate inequality, planting
two discuss the breaking point
twisted by the white establishment
the seed of survivor’s guilt in
of race relations in the United
— the pimping of a butterfly.
the rapper, which leads to the
States, and complete Lamar’s
most intimate moment on the
development as a cultural icon.
The opener, “Wesley’s Theory”, tackles this head-on. The title of the song is a nod to actor Wesley
Shakur’s family gave Lamar
record — the sixth track, “u”.
Calling “To Pimp a Butterfly” a
Lamar breaks down in the
great album is selling it short. It’s
Snipes’ three-year prison sentence
aftermath of the awards show
a landmark moment in American
for failure to file taxes. Lamar
interaction, swigging bottles of
culture, music and media. Its
interprets it as a way to stifle the
liquor while rapping in a nasal,
storytelling, and the attention paid
black community, and ponders if
self-deprecating voice and
to the lyrics and instrumentals,
the same thing will happen to him.
criticizing his lack of attention
is something that other artists
to friends and family. Lamar
merely hope to achieve.
“But remember, you ain’t pass economics in school/And everything you buy, taxes will
Photo obtained from Apple Music
“To Pimp a Butterfly” is the third studio album by Kendrick Lamar and was released in 2015.
reflects on not seeing his childhood friend Chad Keaton
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Reflecting on Denver sports since 2010
Two Super Bowl appearances, an MLS Cup, three MLL championships and more which was also known as Invesco Field and By Will Satler
Sports Authority Field at Mile High in the
decade. Down the street from Empower Field at Mile High is the Pepsi Center.
Colorado sports memories
The arena hasn’t had any of its teams lift
from the last decade are flush.
a championship trophy since 2001 but
They include highlights like Peyton
celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019.
Manning riding off into the sunset
At the collegiate level, there wasn’t
after winning Super Bowl 50 — the
much to cheer about. The state’s two
Broncos’ third championship — in
most notable colleges — The University
Feb. 2016. The Avalanche and Nuggets
of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State
going from perpetual mediocrity and
University — did nothing except when
growing into giants more recently.
CU’s football program sniffed the Pac-12
But they’re not alone in creating
Championship game during “The Rise” in
memories for Coloradans through the years.
2016 or when they beat up on each other
The decade opened with a bang in
Photo by Ben Liebenberg | Associated Press
in the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
Colorado sports with the Colorado Rapids’
The University of Denver Pioneers, home
Quarterback Peyton Manning walks off the field after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016.
first MLS Cup. But the Rapids didn’t even
to the second-winningest collegiate men’s
win the most championships in the state, as
hockey program in NCAA history, earned
Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray; the
how many championships Colorado
that title belongs to the Denver Outlaws.
one of those championships in 2017.
Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story;
will bring home in the next decade.
The Outlaws won all three of their MLL
With superstars like the Avs’ Nathan
titles at Empower Field at Mile High —
the Broncos’ Von Miller and more, are
MacKinnon and Cale Makar; the Nuggets’
set for years to come. There’s no telling
The Colorado Rockies win the most games in franchise history, going 91-72.
The Denver Nuggets trade Carmelo Anthony.
The Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50 in February.
Colorado Avalanche knock off the Western Conference’s top seed in the first round of the
Michael Cuddyer wins the NL
10 0 2
NHL playoffs on April 20. The Denver Outlaws win the MLL title in August.
CU Boulder wins the Pac-
12 South in November.
The Denver Nuggets win the Northwest Division title on April 10.
17 0 2
The Denver Broncos lose
Colorado Rapids win the 2010 MLS Cup.
43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The DU Pioneers men’s hockey wins the NCAA DI championship
The Metropolitan’s favorite Denver sports moments of the decade What is your best Denver sports memory? Grandview High School women’s basketball state title
What is your worst Denver sports memory? Peyton Manning’s retirement
“I watched the women’s basketball team win the 2018 5A
CHSAA State Championship against Regis Jesuit High School.
made Denver fans happy, it was bittersweet because it has crippled their
It was incredible seeing friends and coaches — who were also
quarterback situation. Mediocrity is not bitter nor sweet — it sucks.”
my teachers — work day in and day out to win the title.” The 2016 CU Buffaloes football team
“No one saw it coming. The defense boasted a bunch of future
“While it was awesome that he retired on top and his retirement
Peyton Manning’s downfall “The legendary signal-caller was done for a long time before he
NFL draft picks. Unfortunately, they were walloped in the Pac-12
retired. In his last 17 regular season games, Manning had 25 interceptions
Championship Game and Alamo Bowl. But that ride for their first winning
with 19 touchdowns. Had it not been for one of the greatest defenses
season in 11 years and their first 10-win season in 15 was magical.”
in NFL history, the Broncos would not have won Super Bowl 50.”
The 2015-16 Broncos Super Bowl win By Met Radio
“It had been like 15 years since we had last won an SB. Manning retired
The Tulo trade in 2015 “The Rockies received Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman, Jesus Tinoco
Sports Manager Isaac
after — it was the BROCKSTAR, Brock Osweiler, that played the end of the
and Jose Reyes. Castro was traded after pitching 20 innings, Tinoco
year and the defense was probably a top 10 defense of all time. Broncos
and Hoffman are yet to stay in the big leagues full time and Reyes faced
were massive underdogs in that Super Bowl game and Von Miller’s
domestic violence charges. Trading away a perennial Gold Glove candidate
strip-sack of NFL MVP Cam Newton was something I’ll never forget.”
and $158 million man marked the rebuild for the Rockies in 2015.”
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Men’s basketball starting to find their stride By James Burky
guys work a ton on shooting
the basketball but some nights you’re just not going to make
The MSU Denver men’s
shots. But you can always control
basketball team heads into
defense. It’s like insurance.
conference play with a four-game
You always have to have it.”
winning streak and the drive to return the program to relevancy. These Roadrunners, 4-2,
The guys with the tightest strangleholds on opposing offenses have been big men
are different than last year’s.
Maris Colton, Kendall McIntosh
Their bench is deeper; their
and Elijah Straughter. The three
confidence is stronger; their
are a mobile wall that swarms to
maturity is evident and their
the ball whoever may have it.
determination is clear. “We know we’re a good
McIntosh is a vocal leader who calls huddles after plays
team, and that’s not an arrogant
to center the team and go over
statement. The guys believe in
gameplans. His team-leading eight
themselves, I believe in them.
blocks has made him a terror for
Those first two games, we were
opposing offenses. Straughter,
off-kiltered. We weren’t what we
meanwhile, is more reserved. He
were supposed to be doing in
wears a smile off the court but is
terms of sharing the basketball,
all business on it. He neutralizes
our offense was more important
scorers and stifles second chance
than our defense,” said head coach
opportunities with 21 defensive
Michael Bahl. “Now, I think it’s
rebounds, second on the team.
coming together. Give credit to our guys, they’re the ones buying in.” The Roadrunners’ defense
Then there’s Colton, Australian native and transfer from
Photos by James Burky | firstname.lastname@example.org
MSU Denver senior Mitch Lombard dribbles down court in the game against Colorado College at the Auraria Events Center on Dec. 3. and I think we know what it
He’s spent the last two-and-a-half
the state championship and we
takes to win as a team.”
weeks reacclimating to the game,
started the season off 0-6 and
which forced the Roadrunners
lost a couple of games by 30,”
Southwest Baptist University
The recipe for success
has held opponents to just 68.5
in Missouri. He leads the team
figures to be their “next man
to lean on the likes of Mitch
Wilson-Poole said. “I told the
points per game this season and
in total rebounds and defensive
up” approach. Last season,
Lombard, Demetrius Jackson
guys, ‘The best team I’ve ever
61 over the last four. On Nov. 30,
rebounds with 33 and 28.
the Roadrunners relief on the
and Christian Wilson-Poole.
been on, we started off oh-for.
the Roadrunners beat Minnesota
“We’re loaded. Spots one,
offensive performances of
Asah and Carter were in a
So we can always turn it around.
State University — a program that
three, ten, we’re loaded. This
McIntosh, Druce Asah and Garrett
shooting slump against Colorado
has been to the NCAA tournament
is the best roster I’ve been
Carter. If one didn’t show up,
College, combining for a 4-for-
eight times in nine seasons — and
a part of playing college
or God forbid two, then scoring
22 performance from the field.
conference games have no bearing
held them nine points below their
basketball,” Colton said after
would be hard to come by.
Wilson-Poole, a 6-foot-2-inch
on their placement in the Rocky
season scoring average. Then,
the win over Minnesota State.
guard with a propensity for long
Mountain Athletic Conference
The Roadrunners are a team
jumpers, dropped 16 points.
Tournament, so Friday’s match
on Dec. 3, they tied a school
So what has led the
That’s not the case this season.
It’s a long, long season.’” The Roadrunners’ non-
record with 12 blocks in a 79-47
change? Straughter thinks
loaded with an ocean of talent
Before his breakout on the
against Regis University is a
win over Colorado College.
it’s, essentially, time.
and undiscovered players waiting
court, he was able to remind the
clean slate. But the confidence
to be seen at a moment’s notice.
players that two losses to start
they’ve built in these six games
the season meant nothing.
have shown the ceiling for a team
“I think defense you can
“I think we’re more mature
control more, offense you can’t
as a team,” he said. “We’ve
Carter missed two months of
control as much,” Bahl said. “Our
been through a lot together
practice with an injury, Bahl said.
“At my junior college, we won
Women’s basketball hobble through first leg of 2019 By Will Satler email@example.com It’s been a trying season for MSU Denver’s women’s basketball team. At 1-5, they head into Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play looking to put their slow start behind them. The Roadrunners won their first game of the season on Nov. 30 against Western Washington University, 69-67, but hadn’t won till then. Losses to No. 1 Lubbock Christian University and No. 22 Minnesota State University - Moorhead helped MSU Denver gain quality experience against strong opponents.
Photos by James Burky | firstname.lastname@example.org
Top left: MSU Denver guard Jaiden Galloway throws a pass to teammate Jaela Richardson in the exhibition game against Concordia University at the Auraria Event Center on Nov. 23. The Roadrunners lost, 81-65.
Their season started similarly in 2018, going 1-4 in nonconference play before finishing with a 16-13 record, 15-7 in RMAC play — good enough to make the postseason tournament. The road back starts Saturday when they host Regis University at 4:30 at the Auraria Event Center.
Top middle: MSU Denver forward Bree Wellington elbows Concordia University defender Philly Lammers. Bottom left: MSU Denver guard Maggie Justinak bounces a pass to a teammate past Concordia defenders Grace Barry, left, and Philly Lammers, right. Right: MSU Denver forward Jaela Richardson dribbles before a free throw.
desperate to return to glory.
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Overheard “Why are you doing the Macarena to Fall Out Boy?” “I’m scared to use a semicolon.”
This week is all about love and nurturing. Take time, and connect with loved ones. Share a homecooked meal, or spend a day indulging your shared interests.
The week ahead should bring particular challenges. However, all that’s needed to face those trials is a commitment to push boundaries and abandon fear.
Aquarius is often uncomfortable in emotional situations, but their attitude of detachment could make or break you this week. Be careful to read the mood.
Mistruth will abound this week. Leo should trust their instincts and care to sort the honest wheat from the malicious chaff.
The past week has been rich in foibles and fumbles where personal relationships are concerned. Take the time to center, and remember all things pass.
Virgo should batten down the hatches and prepare for a stormy week. Despite the tribulations though, things do look to be turning for the better soon.
Stupid “innovations” of the decade
Friends are likely to seek Aries’ wisdom this week. The tried and true loyalty and compassion that so often sees Aries true will do so again this week.
1. Google Glass
Libra A thousand cuts will besiege Libra this week. They should make sure to focus on the big problems though, and not be distracted by the many faceted pestering.
2. Hoverboards 3. Tik Tok 4. Air Pods 2 5. Apple Watch
“It won’t be drinking alone if my cat is with me.” “I just need to cry more.”
It’s hard to choose a path. Taurus should not worry about the “right” or “wrong” thing to do. Instead, they should look to their hearts to guide them.
Scorpio should plum their depths this week and find their motivations for the season to come.
It’s hard to find the motivation to do all that is required this week. But, once started, it’ll be hard to stop. It only requires that first hurdle be breeched.
Despite recent defeats, Sagittarius should keep in mind their own ability to control their fates. A firm hand will see Sagittarius find their way back on their path.
Photo of the Week to meet the obligation they never quite realized those venerable members fulfilled.
MetTV or The Metropolitan, it can be easy for
It’s not the first time that Met Media has
those individuals who form the backbone of
seen long time hands leave, and it won’t
the office to feel timelessly perminent. But all
be the last, but we’re nonetheless happy
things come to a close, and so experienced
to wish Ronan O’Shea and Liz Norberg the
colleagues leave for new endeavors, and
very best. Their skill, professionalism and
others, less experienced, must find a way
warm personalities will be sorely missed.
Do you have a funny quote you overheard on campus or an interesting photo you just have to share? Submit to Managing Editor Megan Webber at mwebber6@ msudenver.edu.
Ronan O’Shea, former Assistant Director of Met Media
Elizabeth Norberg, former Met Media Office Manager
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